Dedham Master Facilities Plan 2019-2020
Dedham Public Schools are currently in the process of updating the Long Term Facilities Master Plan and identifying the best next steps in the improvement, renovation, or replacement of school facilities in Dedham. After the recently completed construction of the Dr. Thomas J. Curran Early Childhood Education Center, the focus of this effort is centered around reviewing and providing recommendations for the Greenlodge, Oakdale and Riverdale Elementary Schools, as well as Dedham High School, all of which have not undergone major renovations or reconstruction in the past 30 years or more.
This site will provide ongoing updates and the most current information available on this Facilities Master Plan process.
The most recent community forum, held on January 13, 2020 outlined the possibilities, test fitting school facility options on each of the three current Elementary School sites and reviewed the considerations for each. Next steps in the process involve the submission of a Statement of Interest letter to the State.
Latest Project Updates
The Dedham School Facilities Master Planning process is well underway. More than 4 Community Meetings have been held to date, providing project overviews, initial reports on each of the Elementary Schools under evaluation, and soliciting community input. After the January 13, 2020 Community Forum meeting, the next step in the process will be to prepare a formal Statement of Interest letter for submission to the Massachusetts State Building Authority.
At a planning meeting on November 11, 2019, the Dedham School Building Committee outlined the following updated project goals with the project firm SMMA:
- Comprehensively rebuild or replace Oakdale, Riverdale and Greenlodge Elementary Schools
- Create a plan for next generation schools and learning environments that have flexibility to accommodate changing pedagogy
- Provide equity of facilities for all elementary children within the town
- To the extent possible, plan for school(s) that foster a small school / neighborhood environment and feeling
- Develop project(s) that are fiscally responsible and politically viable for the community
Previous Community Forum Presentations
The Dedham School Committee has seven elected members members from the Dedham community who are responsible for overseeing Dedham's public schools by appointing leadership, reviewing and approving budgets, and setting school education goals and policies, as defined by State law and Town Charter Section 3-3.
The School Building Rehabilitation Committee has seven appointed members and three who, because of their position in the Town's executive branch, serve in ex-officio roles, participating in discussions but not voting. No members have specified lengths of term, as this committee is mainly concerned with projects as-they-arise and represent stakeholders.